More Kiwis head Down Under for travel and residency
Posted on Monday 28 May 2012
By Rory MacTavish
Kiwis who are looking for a little escape in the upcoming months could consider planning short breaks to Australia. Recent data announced by Statistics New Zealand revealed that not only are plenty of people journeying Down Under for holidays, but many are also seeking permanent residency or looking for jobs to stay for the long haul.
Statistics New Zealand monitors movements of Kiwis to Australia, and has found that numbers are on the rise from last year. This is partly due to the earthquakes that happened in Christchurch last year that may have encouraged some Kiwis to leave the area indefinitely or for holiday. Christchurch is on the mend but New Zealanders are still heading to Australia in droves for both leisure and business trips.
Many travellers from New Zealand choose Queensland
One of the most preferred states that Kiwis tend to choose for their holidays is Queensland. This destination was chosen as the top spot to venture to for Kiwi families in 2012 by the House of Travel organisation.
Every year, states in Australia often dominate the number one travel picks due to their convenience, especially when hoping to holiday with little ones who may not fare well on a faraway vacation. Aussie vacations also allow travelling families to view new sights without the worry of exotic cultural differences or a foreign language.
Two additional states in Australia made the top 10 list for best family holiday destinations - Victoria and New South Wales. Other locales that many Kiwis tend to journey to for their getaways include Thailand, the U.S., Fiji and France.
Kiwi travellers have endless possibilities when it comes to holidays in Australia, especially due to its close proximity and affordable, available flights that leave major hubs in New Zealand every day. Organising an excursion Down Under can be a great way for families or solo travellers to experience a new locale while not having to take long-haul flights. New Zealand travellers may have fun exploring the similarities and differences between the two countries, as well as have the chance to attend some cultural, historical attractions in places like Brisbane, Cairns and Mackay, all located along the coast of Queensland.
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